Community bus service launched for Kidderminster patients

Kidderminster Shuttle: Community bus: From left, Dial-A-Ride co-ordinator Rob Hartell, senior partner at Aylmer Lodge Tony Carter, manager at Northumberland Practice Don Beckett and Aylmer Lodge practice manager Diane Millett. Buy this photo » Community bus: From left, Dial-A-Ride co-ordinator Rob Hartell, senior partner at Aylmer Lodge Tony Carter, manager at Northumberland Practice Don Beckett and Aylmer Lodge practice manager Diane Millett.

A COMMUNITY bus service has been launched by Wyre Forest Dial-A-Ride to help patients attend their doctors appointments at a Kidderminster medical centre.

The service is due to begin on Monday and will give patients of Aylmer Lodge and Northumberland House surgeries a way of getting to the new premises at Hume Street Medical Centre.

The minibus service will be calling at regular bus stops in areas such as Birchen Coppice, Ferndale, Puxton Drive and will make stops at Foley Park.

Both medical practices have copies of the service timetable which will also be able to take passengers to Wyre Forest District Council offices and Kidderminster Hospital.

Wyre Forest Dial-A-Ride was granted a Section 22 permit from the Traffic Commissioner to run the community bus which is available to the general public.

Rob Hartell, Wyre Forest Dial-A-Ride co-ordinator, said: “We’ll give it a go. It’s a new thing for us as a community service but we’re trying it and hoping we get there.”

The charity is also inviting members to its annual general meeting at Holy Inncocents Church, in Kidderminster, next Wednesday at 2pm for anyone who would like to find out more about the service.

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